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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/proposed-2-year-strategy-energy-democracy-minneapolis/

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years? It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered. (Disclosure: I serve on the board of Community Power… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

Maryland Counties Scrap Waste-to-Energy Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/maryland-counties-scrap-waste-to-energy-project/

Organized citizens and small business owners in Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD just completed a 10-year battle to stop the implementation of a 1,500 ton per day mass burn garbage incinerator facility. The effort brought out the best in local activism: careful analysis of the contract and its financial implications, sophisticated use  of media, many… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2014

New Report: Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-dirty-energy-secret/

ILSR’s new report finds that Walmart is one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity, and that its heavy reliance on dirty power pumps nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution into the air each year. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 17, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-november-17-2014/

Various Sources, November 17, 2014 This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the state of solar across the country, a new battery prototype for wind and solar power, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was quoted in the Midwest Energy News article, “In Minnesota, community solar market starting to take… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2014

Aiming for Zero Waste: Update from Around the World

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/aiming-waste-update-world/

Zero Waste is now a world wide movement. The emergence of this effort to turn wasted materials into raw materials was recently documented by Paul Connett in Zero Waste: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.) Now, writing in the November 2014 issue of FutureStructure, writer Indrajit Basu provides a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2014

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/history-hope-first-in-the-nation-city-utility-clean-energy-partnership/

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen and what can it accomplish? The following 8-minute video from one of the “lead rabble… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2014

MPR’s “Daily Circuit” and KCRW’s “To the Point” invite Chris Mitchell for net neutrality conversation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mprs-daily-circuit-kcrws-to-point-invite-chris-mitchell-net-neutrality-conversation/

“The FCC should be extremely wary of any arguments that claim paid prioritization or other discriminatory practices are necessary to increase investment in next-generation networks.” – ILSR, July 18, 2014 For months the FCC has considered comments from the public as it examines network neutrality. There have been more than 3 million submissions; a vast… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2014

Support Democratic Energy – Give to the Max!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/give-to-the-max-2014/

Contributions Are Matched Up To $25,000! If you’re reading this, you are probably a big supporter of a democratic energy future.  We appreciate it! Click and Contribute Today! We’ve been grateful to be at the center of the struggle for a new community-centered energy economy, illuminating a path forward by widely sharing this vision, performing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2014

Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy and Efficiency?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utilities-states-leaders-renewable-energy-efficiency/

A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide disparities […] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.” To find the source of these disparities, look no further… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2014

Reaction to the ILSR’s 2014 Cultivating Community Composting National Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reaction-ilsrs-2014-cultivating-community-composting-national-forum/

Bike Compost, October 27, 2014 “Can distributed, community-scale composting be the predominant approach to solving the food waste problem?”  It was the question of the day at the second annual Cultivating Community Composting 2014 national forum hosted by BioCycle Magazine and the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR). After posing this thought-experiment, ILSR co-director Brenda… Continue reading